How Do Driving Regulations Keep You Safe?

Driving regulations help reduce the incidence of death and ensure safety by outlining safe parameters for operating a motor vehicle. Helmets and antilock brakes make driving motorcycles less dangerous, while administrative license suspension serves as a deterrent for some people who may otherwise choose to drink alcohol and drive, explains the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute.

Integral to reducing alcohol-impaired driving is deterrence, claims IIHS HLDI. Driving regulations that help create a deterrence include administrative license suspension, sobriety checkpoints, a minimum drinking age and alcohol interlocks. Permitted in most states, license suspension allows police officers to immediately remove the license of any driver who refuses to take or fails a sobriety test. Requiring interlocks leads to fewer inebriated drivers, which is why many states mandate the use of them for drivers caught under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Estimates indicate that the use of a helmet while operating a motorcycle reduces the likelihood of death in an accident by 37 percent, states IIHS HLDI. Drivers without a helmet are three times more likely to suffer from traumatic brain injuries than their helmeted counterparts.

In an SUV, pickup or van, drivers and front-seat passengers wearing a lap and shoulder belt reduces the incidence of fatalities by 60 percent. In cars, driving regulations that mandate seat belt use lower the risk of death by 45 percent, according to IIHS HLDI.